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Nadia Shireen - Author

About the Author

Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child, and during her time studying law at university and her subsequent career in journalism, she started to sketch again. Her debut book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award, and went on to win the UKLA Book Award. Nadia’s subsequent books have since been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Sainsbury’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

Nadia now writes and draws full time, and dedicates her spare moments to tweeting about pop music and championing diversity and tolerance, values that are powerfully depicted in all her books. In 2017, she collaborated with Book Trust to promote their Time To Read campaign, sending 700,000 copies of The Bumblebear to school children all across the UK. Nadia joined forces with Book Trust once more, as their official Writer and Illustrator In Residence for 2018. In addition, Nadia is an official friend of the Ministry of Stories, and supports the Penguin’s Write Now initiative for discovering under-represented voices. She lives in London with her son. Billy and the Beast was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Booktrust Story Time Prize.

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Other books by Nadia Shireen

Yeti and the Bird

Yeti and the Bird

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Yeti lives alone in a wintery landscape. Well, maybe not quite alone, but no one is brave enough to go near big, scary Yeti. No one apart from Bird, who gets lost on her way south, makes a special friend, and opens up a whole new world for our Yeti... A funny, brilliantly original book from Nadia Shireen - winner of the UKLA Book Award, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and mentioned in the Opera Prima category of the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize.

The Bumblebear

The Bumblebear

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Board book Release Date: 05/09/2019

There's a new bee at Bee School. But that bee is not a bee... It's a BEAR! Cheeky, sneaky Norman has a cunning plot to trick the bees and steal their honey. In his best bee onesie, Norman makes quite a convincing bee -- but how long will his disguise last? And when the hive is endangered can he finally discover his true destiny and become The Bumblebear? This edition brings Norman The Bumblebear to little hands in the form of a cased board book!

Billy and the Dragon

Billy and the Dragon

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

'Shireen's latest book confirms her as one of the brightest and best picture book creators working in Britain today... Sensational.' - The Observer Our fearless heroine Billy is back! Whilst at a fancy-dress party, something terrible happens: Billy's loyal sidekick Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Uh-oh! But luckily for Fatcat, Billy won't stand for that: off she goes on a brave rescue mission... Join Billy for a fairytale adventure with a twist. 'It's a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre-stage'- The Guardian on Billy and the Beast

Billy and the Beast

Billy and the Beast

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2018

One of The Observer's Best Children's Books of 2018! 'It's a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre-stage'- The Guardian From the author of Bumblebear, comes a new heroine for our times. Introducing: Billy! Whilst on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble... a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast... He's making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat's friends! Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)... Join Billy on her mission to defeat the Terrible Beast (and save those adorable little bunny rabbits too). 'A refreshing picture book star' - The Observer

PlayShapes: Seal

PlayShapes: Seal

Author: Nadia Shireen, Nadia Shireen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

With their brightly painted edges, the PlayShapesTM series of sturdy shaped board books are satisfying and fun to hold. Simple language-with just the right amount of real information-and boisterous illustrations introduce little ones to the adorable and playful seal!

PlayShapes: Emperor Penguin

PlayShapes: Emperor Penguin

Author: Nadia Shireen, Nadia Shireen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

With their brightly painted edges, the PlayShapesTM series of sturdy shaped board books are satisfying and fun to hold. Simple language-with just the right amount of real information-and boisterous illustrations introduce little ones to the irresistible emperor penguin!

The Cow Who Fell to Earth

The Cow Who Fell to Earth

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

One night a star CRASH-LANDS right on top of a flock of bumbling sheep. But the star is not a star... It's a little lost cow. And all she can say is 'WOOOOOO'. How will she find her way home when nobody can understand a word she's saying? Both stylish and sweet, this hilarious tale is packed with Nadia Shireen's adorable animal characters - perfect for all those who loved The Bumblebear.

The Bumblebear

The Bumblebear

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Norman is a bear. A bear who LOVES honey. According to Norman, there can never be enough honey; he needs to get his paws on more, more, more! And who has the most honey? The bees, of course! So, dressed up in his very best bee onesie, he thinks he looks quite convincing as he infiltrates Bee School with his eye on their huge honey supply. But how long will his disguise last? And when the hive is endangered, can he finally discover his true destiny and become. . . The Bumblebear?

Hey, Presto!

Hey, Presto!

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Presto is a very talented magician, so when he and his friend Monty join a funfair and start a magic show things look good for our duo. But fame goes to Monty's head, and soon Presto loses his friend and his show! Will true friendship prevail? And will there be a touch of magic in the air?

Good Little Wolf

Good Little Wolf

Author: Nadia Shireen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Once upon a time there was a wolf called Rolf - a good little wolf who liked baking cakes and was always kind to his friends. But real wolves aren't supposed to be good - they're supposed to be BIG and BAD. Can a good little wolf still be a real wolf? And will Rolf discover there's something big and bad lurking inside him after all?

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